Manchester United could be set to pay the price for Cody Gakpo’s sparkling World Cup form as PSV Eindhoven have reportedly increased their valuation for a second time. The Netherlands star is flying in Qatar with Louis van Gaal’s side preparing for a crunch quarter-final tie against Argentina on Friday.
Gakpo was a wanted man in the summer with Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch admitting that the Whites came agonisingly close to pulling off a deal. The Red Devils were also thought to be interested, with manager Erik ten Hag wise to his talents having watched him at close quarters in the Eredivisie.
But United splashed the cash on flamboyant Ajax star Antony instead, who has had to settle for a peripheral role with Brazil at the World Cup. By contrast, Gakpo has been the Netherlands’ main man in attack with three goals in four matches.
His impressive performances are merely an extension of his incredible club form. Despite PSV sitting third in the Dutch league table, Gakpo has notched a ridiculous nine goals and 12 assists in just 14 outings.
That makes him the division’s top scorer and puts him miles clear in terms of assists, prompting PSV to increase his asking price from £39million in August to £52m by the start of the World Cup. Since then, a string of goals on the biggest stage have given the Dutch outfit a free pass to up the stakes even further.
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